12 | April 11, 2019 | the tinley Junction NEWS tinleyjunction.com Firefighter injured, Tinley Park home uninhabitable following garage blaze Bill Jones, Managing Editor A residential fire the evening of Thursday, April 4, in Tinley Park reportedly left a firefighter injured and the home uninhabitable. The Tinley Park Fire Department responded at 11:31 p.m. April 4 to a house fire in the 8000 block of Stonegate Drive, according to Tinley Park Fire Chief Forest F. Reeder. Crews arrived to find “heavy fire conditions” from the garage of the residence, which contained a single vehicle, Reeder explained in an email sent April 5 to The Tinley Junction. All occupants of the home were accounted for, and the fire was contained to the garage, Reeder said. But a firefighter reportedly was injured, transported to Silver Cross Hospital for evaluation, treated and released with a leg injury. The garage sustained “heavy” damage, and the home was rendered uninhabitable because of smoke damage, Reeder said. A damage estimate was not immediately available, he added. Investigators were reportedly working on the scene April 5, and the family was left under the care of neighbors and family, Reeder said. Tinley Park reportedly received assistance at the scene from the Frankfort and Mokena Fire Protection Districts, and Orland Fire Protection District and the Floosmoor Fire Department helped with station coverage. Low voter turnout in Cook and Will but Orland, Tinley outpace averages T.J. Kremer III, Contributing Editor From April 5 Voters stayed home in large numbers for the April 2 elections. Of the 1.60 million registered voters in suburban Cook County and 439,720 in Will County, only 223,757 and 57,092, respectively, showed up to the polls, according to data from the both county clerks’ offices. That marked just 14 percent of registered voters in suburban Cook and 12.98 percent in Will. According to John Pelissero, professor of political science at Loyola University in Chicago, voter turnout in this region typically hovers around 20 percent for municipal elections, such as the April 2 one; however, Will County voters topped 20 percent just once since 2005, accord- Numbers were low in the April 2 election. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA Please see turnout, 13 Police Reports Man gets second DUI arrest in Tinley Park James Donnell Banks, 42, of the 300 block of Jackson Avenue in Richton Park, was issued citations for improper lane usage, transport of alcoholic liquid in a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of alcohol March 29 after police were dispatched to a call of a possible DUI driver that stated there was a black Infiniti SUV that had exited from Interstate 80 to southbound Harlem Avenue and was swerving all over the road, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the police report, Donnell stopped in the middle of the road approximately 200 feet before the intersection of Harlem and Oak Park Avenue before the office conducted a traffic stop. The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Donnell’s breath, his eyes appeared glassy, bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred, police said. Donnell reportedly refused to take standardized field sobriety tests. Donnell exited the vehicle and, according to the report, he had to use the driver’s side door for support in standing up and once he stood up, he was swaying. According to police, this is Banks’ second DUI arrest. March 31 •Justin Anderson, 28, of the 600 block of Victoria Drive in Oak Forest, was issued citations for driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08, leaving the scene of a vehicle damage crash, improper lane usage and no lights when required after police officers responded to a hit and run crash in the area of 171st Street and Harlem Avenue before locating Anderson driving his vehicle and conducting a traffic stop following a description of the suspect by a witness who saw the hit and run crash, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the report, the officer noticed Anderson’s speech was slurred and there was a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. The officers observed that the front passenger side tire was severely damaged and flat and had appeared to be smoking from being hot. There was reportedly also damage to the front passenger side of the jeep and the passenger side tail light was broken and appeared to be hanging loose. It was later discovered that Anderson had a long island iced tea premixed cocktail can in his center console cup holder. Police asked Anderson to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. Anderson was unable to perform the walk and turn test. Anderson later submitted to a breath testing that disclosed an alcohol concentration of .233. March 30 •Kiara Allen, 22, of Chicago, was issued a citation for improper parking on the roadway and driving while license suspended, after police responded to a report of an intoxicated person in a vehicle which was stopped on the roadway on the 6900 block of 167th Street, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the police report, Allen did not appear intoxicated and told police that she was in the passenger’s seat while a friend was driving the car and switched to the driver’s seat when she friend stopped the car, exited the car and was picked up and driven away by another friend. •Person(s) unknown stole $2,000 cash from the center console of a car parked in the driveway of a residence in the 800 block of 174th Place in Tinley Park, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the report, the man told police that the money was for earrings that a friend purchased from his family’s business. March 29 •Dyamond Davis, 28, of the 1900 block of Heritage Drive in Tinley Park, was issued citations for speeding and having no valid driver’s license after police conducted a traffic stop when she was travelling 38 mph in a posted 20 mph zone, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the report, Davis’ license expired on Feb. 27, 2017. •Dorothy Robinson, 39, of Merriville, Indiana, was issued two citations for speeding and driving while license suspended after police conducted a traffic stop when she was travelling 36 mph in a 20 mph zone, according to the Tinley Park Police Department. According to the police report, Robinson’s license had been suspended since 2018. Editor’s Note: The Tinley Junction’s police reports come from the Tinley Park Police Department. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.
® tinleyjunction.com sound off the Tinley Junction | April 11, 2019 | 13 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From TinleyJunction.com as of Monday, April 8 1. Election 2019: One Tinley Park sweeps race for Village of Tinley Park Trustees 2. Tinley Park’s Boykin in unique postition with NFL Draft 3. Police Reports: Two charged with DUIs in Tinley Park 4. Tinley native pays tribute to grandma with appearance on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ 5. Election 2019: LAS 4 KSD slate wins KSD 140 School Board race Become a Junction Plus member: tinleyjunction.com/plus “We would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to Playhouse participant, Crista, on being offered her very first job!!!!! She will be working at the Orland Park Home Depot this summer in the garden center. We would also like to thank Michael Dolan for helping make Crista’s dream a reality...it is people like YOU who make this world a better place. Can not wait to purchase summer plants at Home Depot...we support those who support us.” GiGi’s Playhouse Tinley Park, from April 3 Like The Tinley Junction: facebook.com/tinleyjunction “As the sun comes up on the Village of Tinley Park, let us remember the election is over. It is time to switch from campaign to governing. We will all walk the same streets, Sit next to one another in our houses of worship. Let’s build a better village together.” @ChuckCja922, Chuck Augustyniak on April 3 Follow The Tinley Junction: @tinleyjunction From the Editor Taking the next step of growing up Jacquelyn Schlabach email@example.com I actually remember graduating high school almost like it was yesterday. It felt all too surreal to believe that in a couple of months from that day in 2013, I would be going to live four hours away in another state and having to make new friends all turnout From Page 12 ing to the Will County Clerk’s Office. That was in 2005, when 25.47 percent placed their ballots. In Cook, since 1999 crossing that 20 percent threshold has only happened in consolidated elections in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009, but not since, according to data from Cook County. The 12.98 percent in Will County for this year’s election was down 6.62 percentage points from 2017. In Cook, the 14 percent was down from 17.7 percent in 2017. The low turnout was unexpected, Pelissero said, because turnout usually goes up when controversial and contentious races occur, as was the case in several towns with referendums on the ballot and competitive battles for local board seats. Orland Park and Tinley Park both outpaced the averages in suburban Cook, though. 8,814 of 49,577 registered voters in Orland Park case ballots in the Village trustee race for a turnout of 17.78 percent, while 6,367 of the 35,252 registered in Tinley Park CONTACT over again. The thought was thrilling, no doubt, but certainly very nerveracking. I remember waking up the morning of my high school graduation, driving to school, gathering with all the seniors to rehearse just one more time, signing yearbooks and taking pictures. Afterward, we went home and waited until we had to be back at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. graduation. The ceremony was two hours and I remember the fireworks going off as soon as the last graduate’s name was called and we were all seated. Of course, shortly after, caps were flying in the air in celebration. My advice to the graduating seniors of Tinley Park High School and Andrew High School: live in the moment. Six years later, and I still remember almost every detail about my graduation. Enjoy it. Make memories with your childhood friends and high school friends. Don’t worry about the day after graduation and how the countdown starts to college. That all will come naturally, but don’t rush your high school graduation. Take in every second because you only graduate once. In this week’s issue on Page 10, you can read from the perspective of our student columnist, senior Olivia Lehnert. She speaks on how quickly marked a turnout of 18.06 percent there. Citizen apathy, combined with a lack of knowledge of candidates in races, could have been a factor for the low voting numbers, Pelissero said. Managing Editor Bill Jones contributed to this story. Let your business bloom this season RENEE BURKE 708.326.9170 ext. 43 firstname.lastname@example.org graduation is approaching and thinking about a new life after high school. Graduating high school is just the next step of growing up and entering adulthood. It may seem daunting, but trust me, it’s the beginning of better things to come. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Tinley Junction encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. 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